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( Kirsty Kerr , 08/04/2017 ) Q:

Hi, Can you advise please how long I would Have to complete the diploma in psychology? Also how is this course assessed? Can you advise if there are payment options to pay it up? Thanks Kirsty

( 10/04/2017 ) A:

Hi Kirsty.

There is no time limit on our courses. You can work at your own pace and around your other commitments. The course is assessed through written assignments and exams at the end of each module.The current fee of £1,230.00 has been heavily discounted and is for upfront payment only. The actual price is £1,950.00 (6 x modules of £325.00). 

( colin, 21/12/2013 ) Q: Who is this diploma accredited by?
( 03/01/2014 ) A: Hello Colin, This diploma is accredited by the IARC which you can read more about here: http://adlonlinecourses.com/recognition
( Farhana, 04/12/2013 ) Q: hi. pertaiing to this course, can I know what is the duration of study and what is the name of the school we will be attaching to? is there any hidden cost?
( 05/12/2013 ) A: Hello Farhana, This course is worth 600 hours of study which you can spread out as and when you wish. You can do as many hours per week as you wish or as few per month as you wish. The course, tutor and admin support, certificate issuing are all provided for by Academy for Distance Learning. There are no hidden costs involved.
( Geoff, 19/07/2013 ) Q: Hi, I'm currently living in Hong Kong and working as a Hypnotherapist. I'm looking to branch out into Psychology and was wondering if the Dip in Psychology would qualify me to progress to a degree course in psychology? If not, could you recommend a study path? I don't currently have a degree. Regards, Geoff Hindmarsh
( 19/07/2013 ) A: Hello Geoff, A Diploma in Psychology with ADL would certainly help you on your way towards higher education. A high pass on any of our courses (80% +) can work towards credits in a degree programme. You must check with the university you are interested in studying with in order to make sure that they will accept this as it will always depend on the individual. I know that the distance learning degree provider Warnborough College, will accept our courses as credits towards their distance degree programmes. You can visit their site at www.warnborough.ie .

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Psychology Level 5 Diploma

Diploma in Psychology course online.

Want to Understand What People think and Why?

  • This can help is so many areas of your day to day life; work, home and play
  • It can also lay a foundation for any career where you deal with people on a day to day basis.
  • Training for counsellors, teachers, managers and those working in the fields of health and community services

Why do people study this Level 5 accredited Diploma?

  • A foundation for working in counselling, management, welfare, education etc.
  • To improve skills and prospects for advancement in an existing job
  • To supplement existing qualifications (degree, diploma or certificate) by broadening their scope of expertise and general people skills


Logo ACCPH This course is accredited by ACCPH and allows you to join as a professional member after completion. Membership allows you to add the letters MACCPH after your name (post-nominals).


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This course has been accredited by the CMA - The Complimentary Medical Association. On completion of any qualifying module, you can join as a "Fully Qualified Practitioner" and be entitled to use the post-nominal latters "MCMA" after your name. CMA Full Membership is a privileged position and the fact that you have been accepted for CMA Membership demonstrates that you have a clear commitment to standards and professionalism. CMA Members in all categories are recognised as the elite in their field.

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This course has been endorsed by TQUK. Endorsement of our courses by TQUK sets them apart from other vocational learning programmes and is an achievement to be proud of. It further demonstrates that we are an efficient academy with excellent courses and tutorial support. It also means that potential and existing students, employers and universities can be sure of the true value of the learning we provide. 



Lesson Structure: Diploma In Psychology VPS002

Core Modules: These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Diploma In Psychology.

Introduction To Psychology BPS101

Understand the key psychological principles which underlie human behaviour. Develop your ability to analyse aspects of a persons psychological state and apply derived knowledge to motivate that person. This provides a solid introduction/foundation for further studies of psychology covering such things as the nature and scope of psychology, neurological and environmental effects on behaviour, personality, consciousness, perception, needs, drives and motivation. More.....

Psychology & Counselling BPS102

The Ancient Greek aphorism "know thyself" or "gnothi seauton", is one of the Delphic maxims and was inscribed in the pronaos (forecourt) 
of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi according to the Greek writer Pausanias. In modern times, "knowing oneself" is essential for understanding one's own conditioning and behavioral responses to stressful events and situations. Knowing others is also an important attribute to have and so this course is an invaluable tool to help you to understand other people. More.....


Elective Modules: In addition to the core modules, students study any 4 modules from the list below:

Biopsychology I BPS108

Understand the relationship between our physical and mental processes. Our behaviour is influenced by both our psychological and our physical conditions. Moreover, our state of mind and our physical conditions affect each other. This course will further your understanding of human psychology and health with scientific insights into the body-mind relationship. Therefore, it is of particular interest to those who have studied or want to study psychology, as well as to health practitioners. Biopsychology is also known as “Physiological Psychology”, “Psychobiology” or “Biological Psychology”. More.....

Counselling Skills I BPS109

Gain basic counselling skills. Develop your ability to support or counsel others through the processes of personal growth and change. This course introduces you to the kinds of problems and issues that a person might face in overcoming stresses and limiting attitudes. Learn about the counsellor's role and the counselling process, and gain basic practical counselling skills. Recommended for parents, teachers and others who want to communicate in a more supportive, empathetic manner. More....

Educational Psychology BPS105

Learn about the psychology of teaching and learning. Understand how and why people learn, and how to apply that understanding to bring about changes in people of all ages. This course will benefit a wide range of people, from parents (understanding of how their children develop) to teachers/trainers and welfare workers or leisure professionals (e.g. youth leaders). More....

Industrial Psychology BPS103

Understand how psychology works in industry. By understanding the thought processes that take place in the minds of people at work, a manager or supervisor can develop empathy for their staff, and apply this empathy to the way they manage the workplace/ More....

Marketing Psychology BPS107

What makes someone buy a product? How can you utilize this in your business? When you understand why people make a decision to buy, or not to buy, you have a foundation for improving the marketing of anything. This is a different but very important and valuable course for anyone involved in sales, marketing or business of any kind. This is a basic introduction course to understanding the human mind when buying a product. More....

Sports Psychology BPS106

Understand the psychology behind successful performance! This module will develop your skills and understanding of psychological principles for use in sports. The curriculum covers motivation, team dynamics as well as psychological traits of successful athletes. More....

Conflict Management BPS201

Learn strategies to manage conflict effectively. Age conflict can destroy relationships and lead to increased stress, or it can improve our relationships and give us a greater sense of control over ourselves and our environments. Explore the causes and effects of conflict. Learn how to manage it through effective communication, active listening, and problem solving. Develop your ability to use facilitation, negotiation or mediation in group situations to achieve win-win solutions. More....

Counselling Techniques BPS206

Develop your repertoire of counselling techniques. Which theories have had a lasting affect on modern counselling and psychotherapy? Which techniques are best suited to different situations? Learn about the major theoretical approaches to counselling and their application. This course does not recommend one technique over another - it makes the student aware of different therapies that can be used to help clients. This is an indispensible part of training or professional development for counsellors. More....

Family Counselling BPS213

Develop a better understanding of family Dynamics. Learn to understand family problems better and analyze and facilitate solutions to problems that emerge in modern families. All important family unity can become strained when there are sharp disagreements between its members. In extreme circumstances, this can even lead to family break ups, with unresolved differences having a life long effect on all concerned. This course will help counsellors ,social workers, other professionals working with families, or even Fathers and Mothers to understand the different approaches that can be used to help parents and siblings sort out their areas of conflict. More....

Professional Practice in Counselling BPS207

Understand how to use your counselling skills professionally. Learn to develop your understanding of appropriate practices and procedures within the counselling profession. Also gain knowledge of the self, personality and emotions and their effect on the counselling process as well as being introduced to some of the most common disorders. More....

Relationships & Communication Counselling BPS208

Understand communication problems in relationships. In this course, you will learn about the role communication plays in creating, maintaining or destroying relationships, and develop your ability to assist others to improve their communication in relationships. More....

Criminal Psychology BPS309

Develop your understanding of criminal psychology and how psychology is used in law enforcement and crime prevention. Understand your clients with issues with crime and behaviour, understand aggression and build up your understanding of people. More....

Psychological Assessment BPS308

A comprehensive guide to the role of psychological assessments. Learn to determine why and when to use psychological assessment, and develop an understanding of the different types of assessment available (eg. Behavioural Assessment, Wechsler Intelligence and Memory Scales, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, etc). A psychological assessment is when a skilled psychologist uses the techniques and tools of psychology to learn general or specific facts about another person, either to information others how they function or to predict their behaviour and functioning in the future.Assessment is usually for the point of diagnosis or classification. More....

Psychopharmacology (Drugs & Psychology) BPS302

Learn about the psychological effect of a range of drugs. Develop your skills in understanding the effects of legal, illegal and prescribed drugs on the mind, body and behaviour. Topics covered include stimulants, narcotics, hallucinogens, marijuana, steroids, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, solvents, sedatives, prescription drugs, etc. More....


Note: each module in the Certificate In Psychology is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Iona Lister and your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout. Here are Iona's credentials:

Tutor Iona ListerIona Lister
Licentiate, Speech and Language Therapy, UK, Diploma in Advanced Counselling Skills.

Iona has been a clinician and manager of health services for fifteen years, and a trainer for UK-based medical charities, focusing on psychosocial issues, mental health disorders, and also the promotion of communication skills for people in helping roles. She tutors and facilitates groups via workshops and teleconferences, and now specialises in Sight Loss. As a freelance writer, she contributes regular feature articles for magazines, has written five published books, as well as published courses relating to personal development and counselling skills.


Iona has also written published books, courses and articles across a wide range of subjects, mostly in the areas of health, counselling, psychology, crafts and wildlife.

She has drawn experience from clinical and managerial experience within the NHS as well as medical and humanitarian subjects. She has been a regular feature writer and expert panel member of a national magazine for six years.

Books include: A Guide to Living with Alzheimer's Disease (and associated dementias), The Psychology of Facial Disfigurement; a Guide for Health and Social Care Professionals, When a Medical Skin Condition Affects the Way you Look; A Guide to Managing Your Future, Facing Disfigurement with Confidence, Cross Stitch: A Guide to Creativity and Success for Beginners.
Courses written include: Mental Health and Social Work, Counselling Skills, Understanding and Responding to Substance Misuse, Journalling for Personal Development, Guided Imagery, Stress Management.


Current work includes: Tutor: Courses associated with Creative Writing, Counselling Skills, Psychology, Holistic Therapy, Certified Hypnotherapist and Hypnotension Practitioner. 

Facilitator of Teleconference Groups: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) 

Trainer (Skills for Seeing): Macular Society 

Reviewer of Books/Information: Macmillan Cancer Support 


Fundraiser: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Embroidery/Art Groups Facilitator, Board Member

Website Manager: The Strathcarron Project, Coordinator (Delaware & Tennessee) Human Writes


What Makes This Diploma Different?
  • It is written and updated by Industry Relevant Professionals and covers what employers are looking for, not unrelated professional course writers keeping to a "minimum " standard.
  • There is a choice of electives not found in similar Diplomas or other institutions of learning.
  • It is more in-depth than can be found at other colleges. You'll learn more and develop skills in helping you further  your business and career goals.
  • Learning and knowledge is the focus of this course  – our belief is that what you learn is what makes the difference.
  • You will get unlimited support throughout your studies from Industry experienced tutors, with relevant qualifications and at least 5 years experience of working in their field.
  • It is respected by Employers because it teaches what they want you to know.


Why Take This Diploma?
  • As world populations grow, so to does the need for understanding the psychology of others, meaning once you have completed the Diploma, you will have knowledge and skills that are in global demand.
  • "Knowledge is Power". You will be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of what you have learned to existing and potential employers and how to apply it to the real world.
  • It will help you to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs. Don't think that employers are only interested in degrees; they're not. Many may view degrees as only teaching the theory, not the transferable skills they are looking for. Our Diploma will teach you those important transferable skills.
  • It will empower you to go into business for yourself, with instant credibility and letters after your name, when you join one or both of the organisations that have accredited the course.
  • You can choose the elective modules that will improve your areas of expertise in the subject you believe is in your employers or your best interests.
  • You can study the Diploma at your own pace and complete it around your existing work commitments, meaning that you don't have to take time out to do your continuing professional development (CPD). 
  • It's recognised. The Diploma in Psychology has been endorsed by TQUK - An Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation. Potential employers and universities, will be able to check their member status on the Ofqual Register of Organisations. (Change the drop-down bar from Qualifications to Organisations and type in TQUK in the box that says: Enter text here).
  • It's accredited - TWICE!. Both ACCPH and The CMA have assessed this course and will accept applications for professional membership from successful graduates.




Psychological Profiling EBook

This engaging text explains how psychological profiling is used to assess others – from new staff and school children to criminals and killers. 

By John Mason And The Staff Of ACS

many facesPsychological Profiling eBook course online

Psychological profiling is used to assess anyone from potential new staff and school children to serial killers. It helps you to determine someones personality, neuroses, mental health and career suitability. This book provides an excellent overview of psychological profiling techniques and pitfalls.

profile of an individual at its most basic is an outline of what a person is really like in terms of their personality traits and characteristics. The most widely known form of profiling is that which is used to assess criminal behaviour. This is largely due to the popularity of TV shows and books which include criminal profiling.

When we hear the term "psychological profiling", we often assume it is in relation to criminal behaviour, however profilingcan be used for a wide range of reasons, such as:

■Assessing a person’s suitability for a specific role or profession.
■Determining a specific characteristic in a person, such as intelligence or neuroses.
■Determining someone’s personality.
■Determining a person’s mental health state.
■Diagnosing clinical conditions.

We often also see tests online and in magazines that are termed "psychological tests", purporting to tell you the type of person you are by answering a few questions. Whilst these may be based upon some known pattern of traits, determining an individual’s profile is much more involved than this, and such tests only provide an indication at best. 

In light of its media and television popularity, psychological profiling has become well-known and accepted over recent years.

Profiling is essentially building up a picture of an individual’s characteristics such as likely behaviours, attitudes, personal traits, unique skills or capabilities, and so forth in relation to norms of the general population. It is an assessment carried out by a skilled psychologist, using techniques and tools from psychology to learn general and specific facts about a person. In other words, a profile is a comparison of one person’s traits and behaviours to those of everyone else. It is a picture of how similar or different someone is, how well or poorly they perform, on a range of characteristics in relation to the average scores and performances of the general population.


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Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments, plus final exam (N.B. Some courses have Final Project alternative).
Course Qualification (Study Option B)N/A
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 60 - U.S. Credit Hours: 18 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and Deadlines600 hours approx. Course hours given are a guide only. Work at your own pace with no assignment deadlines or completion date. You are in control!
Study SupportPersonal tutor/mentor support from industry relevant professionals throughout your whole course. Mentors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through the online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed.
Suitability for Self Employment and Small BusinessesOur courses are ideal for sole traders and small business owners and their staff. Customer confidence in what you can do will determine how successful you are in getting clients. Completing one or more of our courses for the service you have to offer, will give you the tools to grow your business.
Recognition of Your Course By EmployersWe aim to achieve the correct balance between your qualification being recognised and providing you with the in-depth learning, to empower you to succeed. Select study option A when enrolling, so an employer can check the status of the awarding organisation for your qualification on the Ofqual Register.
Recognition of Your Course By UniversitiesPrevious students have used their qualification to get into university. However each one will have its own entrance criteria and acceptance may also depend on your other qualifications and experience.
Designing Your Own QualificationBundle up your choice of related courses to form your own qualification. Choose from a Diploma (6 courses), Advanced Diploma (8 courses) and Higher Advanced Diploma (12 courses.
How Can I Enrol?Online via eCommerce, by completing our Online Application Form, or by calling us on +44 (0) 1227 789 649. Lines open 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year.
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ACCPH Professional AccreditationAccredited by ACCPH, which allows you to join as a professional member after completion. Membership means you can add the letters MACCPH after your name.
CMA Professional AccreditationAccredited by the CMA - The Complimentary Medical Association. On completion of any qualifying module, you can join as a Fully Qualified Practitioner and be entitled to use the post-nominal latters MCMA after your name. ​CMA Full Membership is a privileged position and the fact that you have been accepted for CMA Membership demonstrates that you have a clear commitment to standards and professionalism. CMA Members in all categories are recognised as the elite in their field.

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